Coral Springs: Car rolls over, plunges into canal; driver missi...

A driver is missing and presumed dead after a car rolled over on the Sawgrass Expressway and plunged into a canal Saturday in Coral Springs. Full Story
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Mr Schwinnckle

Homestead, FL

#1 Sep 9, 2007
The crash occurred shortly after 3 p.m. Rescue divers searched the canal, but gave up about 4:15 p.m.

Highly unlikely to give up searching after only approximately 1 hour since the Fire Department wasnt there on the scene as soon as it happened.

Now here is the full story....

http://www.miamiherald.com/top_stories/story/...

SAWGRASS EXPRESSWAY
Teen feared dead in canal
The car of a Coral Springs teenager involved in a rollover wreck Saturday was pulled from a canal. Today, divers will continue their search for the driver.
Posted on Sun, Sep. 09, 2007Digg del.icio.us AIM reprint print email
BY JENNIFER MOONEY PIEDRA
jmooney@MiamiHerald.com
A car speeding along the Sawgrass Expressway in Coral Springs spun out of control and into a canal Saturday, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Divers spent hours searching the water near Coral Ridge Drive for the driver, who, witnesses said, was thrown from the car in the 3 p.m. accident.

Hours later, the driver hadn't been found, said Lt. Roger Reyes, an FHP spokesman.

Friends and family of Marc Epstein, a 17-year-old senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, gathered on the banks of the canal, fearing the worst. Marc wasn't answering his cellphone. And his shiny new black Scion matched the description of the car that went into the canal.

Will Karvin, a close friend of Marc's, happened upon the accident scene and spent hours on the side of the road, desperately hoping Marc's car wouldn't be the one lifted from the canal.

But it was.

''I just can't believe this,'' said Will, a sophomore at Douglas.``We hung out together every day.''

FHP investigators continue to investigate the accident. Divers from the Broward Sheriff's Office suspended the search for the driver shortly after 9 p.m. because of bad weather. They planned to resume this morning.

Reyes said the accident occurred when the Scion, speeding west in the far left lane of the Sawgrass, veered to the right, toward the Coral Ridge Drive exit. It spun out of control, hit a ditch, flipped over a chain-link fence and landed in the canal.

Witnesses told FHP that the driver of the car -- a male -- was ejected.

Within minutes, Coral Springs Fire Rescue divers were in the water searching for the driver. At 4:10 p.m., the search was called off and the driver presumed dead.

The BSO recovery team took over the search.

Coral Springs police officers paced along both sides of the canal, looking for any signs of the driver.

More of Marc's friends arrived at the scene. His younger brother, Steven, came running and screaming.

Will knew something was wrong when no one had heard from Marc and his cellphone was turned off.

Marc was likely on his way to his job at Tunie's Nutrition Center, 5651 Coral Ridge Dr., Will said.

He worked there to help pay for his car, which he bought with his parents less than two months ago, Will said.

The Scion was Marc's first car -- and he was proud to show it off.

Still, Will said, he never drove recklessly.

''He really doesn't drive fast at all,'' he said.``He's really a safe driver.''

As news of the accident spread Saturday night, Marc's friends began leaving messages for him on his MySpace.com page.

''RIP I LOVE YOU SO MUCH,'' wrote one friend.

''EVERYONES PRAYING FOR YOUUUU,'' wrote another.
FYI

United States

#5 Sep 9, 2007
I just got home, drove by the location on sawgrass and dive teams are still on scene... would imagine still trying to locate him. Chan 10 truck is out there, they should have update on 9am news.
Speed kills... so does ignorance, put them together and I say thank God this fool behind the wheel didnt take anyone else with him!
Mr Schwinnckle

Homestead, FL

#6 Sep 9, 2007
shut up already wrote:
Hey schwinkles,
You really need to get a life!!! What do you comment to every article??? I see you hold yourself in very high regeard. What makes you think we want to hear you input.
Go back to sleep
Up Yours! Just showing the Scum Sentinel how to do a story and their story is full of holes and shotty reporting.
just wondering

Pompano Beach, FL

#7 Sep 9, 2007
FYI wrote:
I just got home, drove by the location on sawgrass and dive teams are still on scene... would imagine still trying to locate him. Chan 10 truck is out there, they should have update on 9am news.
Speed kills... so does ignorance, put them together and I say thank God this fool behind the wheel didnt take anyone else with him!
Saw a news report on the incident last night, and one of his female friends said she was talking to him on his cell phone when his car had a blowout or something. Seems to me, no matter how safe he might have been as a driver, he might have been preoccupied talking on his cell. She said he was rushing to get to work. We will learn more today I am sure. Very tragic, nonetheless.

“"Don't Worry. We'll Fix It!"”

Since: Jun 07

Boca Raton, FL

#11 Sep 9, 2007
shut up already wrote:
Hey schwinkles,
You really need to get a life!!! What do you comment to every article??? I see you hold yourself in very high regeard. What makes you think we want to hear you input.
Go back to sleep
I agree. Get off the computer, go takd a walk, get some fresh air. What kind of a name is Schwinkle anyway? Shwinkle shminkle,
a friend

Boynton Beach, FL

#12 Sep 9, 2007
How can some people come look at this article adn the only thing they have to say is "more gator food" or "should he be fired" WHy even leave a comment. This kid had so many friends and was a very good kid. And alot of people are suffering from a great loss, what do you think most people that are friends with him are saying. What if you were that guy who just died adn all i had to say was "o0o i guess the gators are going to have a nutritious meal tonite" So if your gonna read this and leave messages that are not nessicary...dont even bother to comment at all...because rite now ppl are still cryingg overr hiss loss adn here you aree jokingg about itt, death isnt funny...and i hopee you learn from yourr mistakes...
R.I.P we loveee youu Marc!!!!!
Rodak

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#13 Sep 9, 2007
Isn't this the same canal several other cars have landed in? Couldn't the lazy, worthless contractor that is gradually widening the Sawgrass Expressway at that point (to run up the bill) make building a sound deadening wall or at tleast a guard rail at that point a priority, while dragging the rest of a one year project out over perhaps 5-7 years?
D O C

AOL

#14 Sep 9, 2007
Mr Schwinnckle , thanks for doing S S job for them. Just me, but I think they write their reports like a bunch of 5th graders
JSIska

Pompano Beach, FL

#15 Sep 9, 2007
I agree with a friend...You guys are all insensitive jerks....I didn't know the guy but I am sure if it was one of my friends I would be devistated, and i sure would'nt appreciate such comments as these, which are both ignorant and incredibely insensitive. Have a heart people, death is tragic and not to be joked about.
Bennie

United States

#16 Sep 9, 2007
Schwinkle rules. Just goes to show you how inept the Sentinel is. If the Miami Herald got the story why couldn't the Broward paper get it right?!
Mr Schwinnckle

Homestead, FL

#19 Sep 9, 2007
Its the name a fried posted on me for his blog that he has. Think about it Schwinnckle, Schwinncoll, Schwinn Collector. Get it now?
Mr Schwinnckle

Homestead, FL

#20 Sep 9, 2007
oops that would be friend, damn cordless keyboard.

“"Don't Worry. We'll Fix It!"”

Since: Jun 07

Boca Raton, FL

#21 Sep 9, 2007
I agree. Get off the computer, go takd a walk, get some fresh air. What kind of a name is Schwinkle anyway? Shwinkle shminkle,
Mr Schwinnckle wrote:
oops that would be friend, damn cordless keyboard.
I really didn't care. Take the cordless keyboard with you on the walk.
Hey

AOL

#22 Sep 9, 2007
Hey Lobo wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree. Get off the computer, go takd a walk, get some fresh air. What kind of a name is Schwinkle anyway? Shwinkle shminkle,
I appreciated the Herald's article on it. Both the Herald and Palm Beach Post seem to have more accurate information.
Perhaps, this is why the Sun Sentinel has a blog.
Their reporters are too lazy to go out and actually cover a story, so they read the blog instead.
Back in the day, such shoddy reporting would have landed the reporter back in the mail room.
Now adays, it's about culture,(reading the names of the reporters contributing to a story), so inaccuracies, omitting information and basic lax reporting is obviously supported and obviously tolerated.
How sad!
morons

Keene, NH

#23 Sep 9, 2007
2 post of 20 is towards this kids death. the other 18 posts are bs about gators contractors or garbage. this kids family and friends will read this hoping to get some kind of consolement over the young mans lost life. Think about it before getting your jollies on your keyboard. My sympathies to the family and friends and may the young man be found soon.
SOSNEWS

AOL

#24 Sep 9, 2007
I agree with Schwinn's point to make our newspaper more exciting and readable and profitable. Miami Herald and Sun-Sentinel has been in a big competitive which is the best...however, Sun Sentinel is best but you can GIVE them the best feedback with your thoughts..it should be more like that... Give Sun Sentinel more EXTRA feedbacks and improve them! tell them! Its your newspaper!!!!
Thanks

West Palm Beach, FL

#25 Sep 9, 2007
shut up already wrote:
Hey schwinkles,
You really need to get a life!!! What do you comment to every article??? I see you hold yourself in very high regeard. What makes you think we want to hear you input.
Go back to sleep
Hey, I appreciated his input, at least that article had more info. I didn't need to be posted twice, once was enough.
More info

West Palm Beach, FL

#26 Sep 9, 2007
TV news is reporting that HIGH SPEED was the cause of the accident.
Slow down kids in your shiny new cars. Better to be late for work, than on time for your funeral.
Springster

Fort Pierce, FL

#27 Sep 9, 2007
Mr Schwinnckle wrote:
The crash occurred shortly after 3 p.m. Rescue divers searched the canal, but gave up about 4:15 p.m.
Highly unlikely to give up searching after only approximately 1 hour since the Fire Department wasnt there on the scene as soon as it happened.
Now here is the full story....
http://www.miamiherald.com/top_stories/story/...
SAWGRASS EXPRESSWAY
Teen feared dead in canal
The car of a Coral Springs teenager involved in a rollover wreck Saturday was pulled from a canal. Today, divers will continue their search for the driver.
Posted on Sun, Sep. 09, 2007Digg del.icio.us AIM reprint print email
BY JENNIFER MOONEY PIEDRA
jmooney@MiamiHerald.com
A car speeding along the Sawgrass Expressway in Coral Springs spun out of control and into a canal Saturday, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Divers spent hours searching the water near Coral Ridge Drive for the driver, who, witnesses said, was thrown from the car in the 3 p.m. accident.
Hours later, the driver hadn't been found, said Lt. Roger Reyes, an FHP spokesman.
Friends and family of Marc Epstein, a 17-year-old senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, gathered on the banks of the canal, fearing the worst. Marc wasn't answering his cellphone. And his shiny new black Scion matched the description of the car that went into the canal.
Will Karvin, a close friend of Marc's, happened upon the accident scene and spent hours on the side of the road, desperately hoping Marc's car wouldn't be the one lifted from the canal.
But it was.
''I just can't believe this,'' said Will, a sophomore at Douglas.``We hung out together every day.''
FHP investigators continue to investigate the accident. Divers from the Broward Sheriff's Office suspended the search for the driver shortly after 9 p.m. because of bad weather. They planned to resume this morning.
Reyes said the accident occurred when the Scion, speeding west in the far left lane of the Sawgrass, veered to the right, toward the Coral Ridge Drive exit. It spun out of control, hit a ditch, flipped over a chain-link fence and landed in the canal.
Witnesses told FHP that the driver of the car -- a male -- was ejected.
Within minutes, Coral Springs Fire Rescue divers were in the water searching for the driver. At 4:10 p.m., the search was called off and the driver presumed dead.
The BSO recovery team took over the search.
Coral Springs police officers paced along both sides of the canal, looking for any signs of the driver.
More of Marc's friends arrived at the scene. His younger brother, Steven, came running and screaming.
Will knew something was wrong when no one had heard from Marc and his cellphone was turned off.
Marc was likely on his way to his job at Tunie's Nutrition Center, 5651 Coral Ridge Dr., Will said.
He worked there to help pay for his car, which he bought with his parents less than two months ago, Will said.
The Scion was Marc's first car -- and he was proud to show it off.
Still, Will said, he never drove recklessly.
''He really doesn't drive fast at all,'' he said.``He's really a safe driver.''
As news of the accident spread Saturday night, Marc's friends began leaving messages for him on his MySpace.com page.
''RIP I LOVE YOU SO MUCH,'' wrote one friend.
''EVERYONES PRAYING FOR YOUUUU,'' wrote another.
I know it is hard to tell someone who knows it all, but the story says "RESCUE DIVERS" searched the canal and gave up (the "rescue") at 4:15 PM. Highly unlikely that they would be able to rescue someone who had been underwater for over an hour, isn't it, Mr. Schwinnkle? That means they gave up the RESCUE. If you read on, you will see that specialized "BODY RECOVERY" divers then began their task of RECOVERING the body.
Springster

Fort Pierce, FL

#28 Sep 9, 2007
Mr Schwinnckle wrote:
The crash occurred shortly after 3 p.m. Rescue divers searched the canal, but gave up about 4:15 p.m.
Highly unlikely to give up searching after only approximately 1 hour since the Fire Department wasnt there on the scene as soon as it happened.
Now here is the full story....
http://www.miamiherald.com/top_stories/story/...
SAWGRASS EXPRESSWAY
Teen feared dead in canal
The car of a Coral Springs teenager involved in a rollover wreck Saturday was pulled from a canal. Today, divers will continue their search for the driver.
Posted on Sun, Sep. 09, 2007Digg del.icio.us AIM reprint print email
BY JENNIFER MOONEY PIEDRA
jmooney@MiamiHerald.com
A car speeding along the Sawgrass Expressway in Coral Springs spun out of control and into a canal Saturday, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Divers spent hours searching the water near Coral Ridge Drive for the driver, who, witnesses said, was thrown from the car in the 3 p.m. accident.
Hours later, the driver hadn't been found, said Lt. Roger Reyes, an FHP spokesman.
Friends and family of Marc Epstein, a 17-year-old senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, gathered on the banks of the canal, fearing the worst. Marc wasn't answering his cellphone. And his shiny new black Scion matched the description of the car that went into the canal.
Will Karvin, a close friend of Marc's, happened upon the accident scene and spent hours on the side of the road, desperately hoping Marc's car wouldn't be the one lifted from the canal.
But it was.
''I just can't believe this,'' said Will, a sophomore at Douglas.``We hung out together every day.''
FHP investigators continue to investigate the accident. Divers from the Broward Sheriff's Office suspended the search for the driver shortly after 9 p.m. because of bad weather. They planned to resume this morning.
Reyes said the accident occurred when the Scion, speeding west in the far left lane of the Sawgrass, veered to the right, toward the Coral Ridge Drive exit. It spun out of control, hit a ditch, flipped over a chain-link fence and landed in the canal.
Witnesses told FHP that the driver of the car -- a male -- was ejected.
Within minutes, Coral Springs Fire Rescue divers were in the water searching for the driver. At 4:10 p.m., the search was called off and the driver presumed dead.
The BSO recovery team took over the search.
Coral Springs police officers paced along both sides of the canal, looking for any signs of the driver.
More of Marc's friends arrived at the scene. His younger brother, Steven, came running and screaming.
Will knew something was wrong when no one had heard from Marc and his cellphone was turned off.
Marc was likely on his way to his job at Tunie's Nutrition Center, 5651 Coral Ridge Dr., Will said.
He worked there to help pay for his car, which he bought with his parents less than two months ago, Will said.
The Scion was Marc's first car -- and he was proud to show it off.
Still, Will said, he never drove recklessly.
''He really doesn't drive fast at all,'' he said.``He's really a safe driver.''
As news of the accident spread Saturday night, Marc's friends began leaving messages for him on his MySpace.com page.
''RIP I LOVE YOU SO MUCH,'' wrote one friend.
''EVERYONES PRAYING FOR YOUUUU,'' wrote another.
I know it is hard to tell someone who knows it all, but the story says "RESCUE DIVERS" searched the canal and gave up (the "rescue") at 4:15 PM. Highly unlikely that they would be able to rescue someone who had been underwater for over an hour, isn't it, Mr. Schwinnkle? That means they gave up the RESCUE. If you read on, you will see that specialized "BODY RECOVERY" divers then began their task of RECOVERING the body.

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